It started just under a month ago here at Yakkity Yaks. One hundred movies were paired up against each other, tourney style, to see which one our devoted Yakksters would decide to be the best movie of all time. It was a hard fought battle, with a lot of blood, sweat and tears shed along the way. Comedy? Drama? Action? Sci Fi? Horror? Classic? Which one would it be?
Eventually it was narrowed down to our final two, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest vs. The Godfather Part II and then the Yakksters were given a week to vote on which one they thought was the best. And now we have a winner!! The best movie of all time, according to Yakkity Yaks is………….may I have the envelope please?
The Godfather, Part II!!!
Here are some excerpts describing this magnificent piece of cinematic history:
“ The Godfather, Part II (1974) of the Godfather trilogy continues the saga of the Corleone Family, serving as both a prologue and a sequel, extending over a period of 60 years and three generations. “
“The prologue portion follows the background story of the rise of youthful Don Vito Corleone (Robert DeNiro replacing Marlon Brando) to Mafia chief in the early 1900s in the Little Italy section of New York City. About fifteen minutes of the prologue portion is in Sicilian with English sub-titles. The major portion of the sequel begins in 1958 – about three years after the conclusion of the first film (The Godfather, Part I (1972)) and follows the career of Corleone’s son Michael (Al Pacino again) from his patriarchal prime to his decline a year later. The saga leads to the inexorable passage of ‘sins’ from the immigrant father to his modern-day son. “
The Godfather, Part II was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won six; including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (DeNiro), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art/Set Decoration and Best Original Dramatic Score. This film was the first sequel in the Academy’s history to win Best Picture.